Leo Strauss (1899-1973) was a German-American political philosopher whose writings focused on the relationship of philosophy to civil society. He theorized that Western civilization was founded upon two chief philosophical pillars: the Greco-Roman ("Athens") and the Judeo-Christian ("Jerusalem"), and that this premodern philosophy was preferable to Enlightenment ideals and concepts such as liberal progress, historical relativism, or social science.

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Leo Strauss
A short biography of Leo Strauss by David McBryde, Sydney, Australia
Leo Strauss
Biography, ideas, bibliography and references on the American philosopher in the free encyclopedia.
Leo Strauss and the Grand Inquisitor
Article by Shadia B. Drury in the online publication of the Council for Secular Humanism.
Leo Strauss and the Noble Lie : The Neo-Cons at War
Article by John G. Mason in Logos (Spring 2004).
Leo Strauss and the Rhetoric of the War on Terror
Article by Nicholas Xenos in Logos Journal (Spring 2004).
Leo Strauss and the Straussians
An article relaying the advance of Straussian thinkers in political science, the impact of Allan Bloom, and contrasts between the approaches of Strauss and Bloom by Gregory Bruce Smith. [login required]
Leo Strauss: What Is Liberal Education?
A 1959 commencement address discussing the nature and challenges of liberal education.
What was Leo Strauss up to ?
Article by Steven Lenzner and William Kristol in The Public Interest (no. 153, Fall 2003). [PDF]
Yahoo! Groups: Leo-Strauss
A forum for thoughtful discussion of the ideas and works of Leo Strauss.
Yahoo! Groups: strauss-reading
A reading list intended for slow readings of particular works by Leo Strauss, sponsored by The Free Lance Academy.
Leo Strauss and Intelligence Strategy
Article presenting a short analysis of the philosopher's teaching by Tom Barry in Right Web. (February 12, 2004)
Noble lies and perpetual war: Leo Strauss, the neocons, and Iraq
Do the philosopher's ideas have a real influence on Bush administration’s world outlook ? Danny Postel interviews Shadia Drury in openDemocracy. (October 16, 2003)
Leo Strauss' Philosophy of Deception
Article presenting the philosopher's supposed influence on neoconservative politics in the U.S.A. by Jim Lobe on AlterNet. (May 19, 2003)
Leo Strauss, Fascist Godfather of the Neo-Cons
Article presenting a critical position about the philosopher's supposed influence on rightist and conservative political movements in the U.S.A. by Jeffrey Steinberg in Executive Intelligence Review. (March 21, 2003)
Natural Right and History
Schedule and background of two conferences on the fiftieth anniversary of Strauss' most popular work, at the University of Chicago and Michigan State University. (April 20, 2001)

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